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Death toll in tragic Mexico train crash rises to 23

May 5, 2021, 5:56 AM
Monica Otayza

Monica Otayza

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Authorities have promised a full-scale investigation on the collapse of a railroad bridge in Mexico City that killed 23 people.

(Updated) At least 23 people, including children, are confirmed to have died in the collapse of a bridge carrying a train in Mexico City last April 3.

At least 70 people are still being treated in the hospital, with seven in serious condition.

(See Also: 15 dead in mexico rail crash )

The train was traveling through the city’s rapid transit system on the new Line 12, or the “Golden Line,” when part of the overpass it was traveling on collapsed onto traffic below.

CCTV footage caught the moment the overpass collapse, sending up a huge cloud of dust and debris which made it difficult for rescue workers to expedite their work.

According to Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum, one survivor was trapped in a vehicle underneath the rubble, but was freed by rescue workers. Other than one car, no other people were trapped.

Rescue efforts were temporarily halted on the same night due to concerns over the subway car’s stability.

The train was still dangling over the road, which made it difficult for firefighters and public safety officers to do their work.

The metro’s Line 12 opened in 2012, which makes it strange for it to collapse after only nine years.

Mayor Sheinbaum assured the public that an investigation is currently happening. For now, however, her main concern is to attend to those in the hospitals and the families of victims who passed away in the tragic incident. (Monica Otayza)

Tags: #MexicoCity, #disasters, #bridgecollapse


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